Nephilium (1694) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The cinnamon is very noticeable in the aroma of the beer, overpowering anything else. It pours a clear dark amber, with a full tan head. Interesting blend of flavors, with a chewy malt backbone (seemingly based on a brown ale), with the cinnamon and chiles complementing each other. There’s a touch of heat, which quickly fades, and works well with the earthy notes from the cinnamon. I’m very interested to see what aging does to this beer.
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of banana phenols, some clove, caramel, cinnamon, and alcohol. Taste of banana, clove, cinnamon, light caramel, and a spicy finish.
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, orange cognac color with no head, aroma is sweet , bananas and green pepper, flavor is bananas, green chilies, some yeast notes
mcberko (14396) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle, split many ways, pours a dark reddish amber / brown with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted hazelnuts, dark fruits, caramel, candied sugar and some spices (cinnamon, coriander, and some other undetectable ones). Flavour is quite spicy and sweet, with a melange of spices, sweet, candied sugar / caramel malt, toasted nuts, with burnt sugar / cloying sweetness on the finish. Nasty medicinal finish. Not impressed with this series, least of all this latest installment.
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent sized light tan head fo fine bubbles with minimal carbonation. Strange mottled aroma with some chilli peppers, dill pickles, roasted grains and tea leaves. Color is a dark orangish brown. Again, the flavor is all over the place and is quite complex. More peppers, sweet malts, cinnamon, some raisins and a bit of dry herbal hops. Only a slight alcohol presence and the peppers are rather subdued unlike some brews where all you can taste is the peppers. A pretty good balance. Still retains the stong malty and yeasty characteristics of a belgian strong ale. A little bit dry and chalky at the finish. Better than I expected.
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red brown, light brown medium head. Aroma is dried fruits and malt. Flavor is sweet malt and, as advertised, chiles! Spicy! Quite interesting.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22ox bottle. Clear brown color with a medium head that leaves some nice lace. Earthy, spicy aroma with some russet potato skin and candied yams with cinnamon on them. Banana floats in and out of the background, accompanied by a strawberry or two. Nice balance of flavors with fruit, spice, and lightly toasty malt coming together well. Lingering tangy fruit in the finish and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied whit soft carbonation. Sweet cinnamon covered anaheims? Seems to work. Definitely a little earthy fruit from the chiles or otherwise. The yeast character blends well with the spicing. Alcohol is well integrated on the whole. I can see some people not digging the spice here, even if there is pretty much zero heat from the chiles (anaheim is a very mild pepper), but this is a well made beer on the whole. Kudos to Stone for pulling this unlikely marriage off.
dinkle50 (1364) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crimson red pour with hardly any head. Smell is sweet with a slight smell of chili peppers. Taste has a banana flavor to it. The cinnamon really burns in your mouth a bit and makes this appear to have way more alcohol than it does. If you let this warm up a bit, the taste of the chilies really come out. This was interesting, but not the best I’ve had.
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pour was chestnut brown with an off white colored head. Aroma of spices and fruits and bread. Flavor was the same with strong bready bitterness amd ginger type notes finishing with definite peppers, coming off almost medicinal. Mouthfeel was moderate to full with light carbonation. Meh, not a huge stone Belgian fan, although normally liking stone!
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Dark brown and clear with a very small head. Nose is a bit winey and herbal with little malt or hop presence. Taste is bit herbal/perfumy, with some mild peppery flavors and a sticky sweetness. I don’t get this as a Belgian strong ale, which I always assume would have much more maltiness and a firmer body. Overall a decent beer but for a vertical just average.